Re: RARA-AVIS: Tim Willocks

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 30 Aug 2001

After Juri's post, I pulled out my copy of Bad City Blues, which I picked up a couple of years ago, but never got around to reading. On the inside review page I found this quote from the Glasgow Herald:

"Until this man put pen to paper, Raymond Chandler was probably the only English writer with the talent, the wherewithal and the sheer bottle to write a convincing hard-boiled contemporary crime novel."

What about James Hadley Chase?

Obviously, I'm joking, but I am curious about the statement that Chandler was an English writer. Sure, he spent some formative years over there, and it had to effect his vision of America and his writing about it, but "English writer"? I think that's a stretch. Is that really how he is thought of on the other side of the pond?


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